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Matamata-Piako District

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Matamata Piako

The Matamata-Piako District is located in the north-eastern part of the Waikato region in New Zealand. 


The Matamata-Piako District is well-known for its dairy farming and thoroughbred racing industries. Major attractions include Mount Te Aroha, and the Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park, both of which host day walks and overnight expeditions. A popular tourist attraction in the Matamata-Piako District is Hobbiton, the original movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. The Matamata-Piako District is also home to the Te Aroha Mineral Spas and the Mokena Geyser, the only natural hot soda water geyser in the world.  

The Matamata-Piako District Council’s top three industries based on GDP is dairy cattle farming, meat and meat product manufacturing, and basic chemical and chemical product manufacturing.  

Land Availability

There are multiple types of land available for business, agricultural and residential development in the Matamata-Piako District Council municipality. The commercial and retail rental expenses are also lower than many of New Zealand’s other commercial centres, making business opportunities more accessible for budding businesses. 


Businesses in the Matamata-Piako District enjoys easy access to four major State Highways (24, 26, 27 and 29), along with a number of railway lines, all of which pass through Matamata-Piako. The District is also located at the centre of the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga, and is in close proximity to the ports located in both Auckland and Tauranga, and Hamilton Airport.

Investment Opportunities

The development of an inland port at Ruakura in neighbouring Hamilton City will also be an opportunity for Matamata-Piako to capitalise on its fertile soils and agricultural ability to increase freight opportunities through the District.  

Key Sectors & Businesses

Berry Picking


  • Power Farming
  • AgPlus
  • Balle Bros


  • Begovich Builders
  • Tim Whittle Homes
  • Prestige Group


  • Inghams
  • Fonterra
  • Tatua Co-operative Dairy Company
  • Open Country Dairy

Matamata-Piako District Business Support Services

Matamata Business Chamber
The Matamata-Piako Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to business support and growth within the Matamata-Piako District.
Morrinsville Business Chamber
The Morrinsville Chamber of Commerce also offers support to local businesses looking to grow.  
Soda Inc
Soda provides advice, information, referrals and connections to businesses in the Matamata-Piako District seeking support for their growth journey. 
H&W Tourism
Hamilton & Waikato Tourism is the official Regional Tourism Organisation for the Matamata-Piako District.


Local Insights

The Waikato Wellbeing Project shares wellbeing knowledge for each district in the Waikato region. Visit the Matamata-Piako District page for data that includes the Community Compass Report from Dot Loves Data which provides a quarterly snapshot of key socio economic indicators, and the Community Insights Explorer Tool which provides local social and demographic data to support local decision making.

Te Waka's district level reports of the Waikato Business Sentiment Survey give insight on the unique strengths and challenges for each district in the region.


Matamata-Piako District Council 

Matamata-Piako District Council is comprised of 11 councillors, and one mayor elected at large. For more information, visit their website.

Get in Touch

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